In 1862, the first school was built in Mt.
Carmel. it was a one-room log building located about one and a half miles north
of Mt. Carmel.
About fifteen years later, a larger school was
built closer to the church on the Huron/Middlesex boundary.
Around 1880, another school was built. it was a
larger frame building located across the boundary line in Huron County on the
present school property.
In 1906, a larger school was needed so a new
brick, two-room school was built at the same location. The frame school was
moved across the road to be used as a high school and community hall. At that
time, grades nine and ten began in Mt. Carmel.
In 1924, the Ursuline Sisters came to teach in
Mt. Carmel. they purchased the home of Joe Glavin and converted it into a
Around 1935, grades 10-13 were added to the
two-room high school.
In 1945, pupils from St. Peter's on Hwy#4 came to
Mt. Carmel. Later Shipka and Khiva schools were closed and the catholic pupils
transferred to Mt. Carmel.
In 1956, the present school was built. The red
brick building, containing only three rooms, was the pride and joy of Mount
Carmel. A ceremony was held to open the school and dignitaries from local and
provincial government were in attendance. The C.W.L. placed a large statue of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the main hallway, where it remains today.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary for our school as it exists
In 1961, two rooms were added to the school and
in 1964 two more rooms were built on.
In 1966, the high school was
In 1968, the enrollment continued to increase as
Grand Bend pupils were bused to Mount Carmel. Also in 1968, the Mount Carmel
School Section became part of the Huron-Perth Separate School Board.
In 1971, kindergarten was offered in Mount Carmel
for the first time.
By 1977, the last of the Ursuline Sisters had
left, leaving an entirely lay staff. Mr. Gary Birmingham was the first lay
principal of the school.
(school history compiled by Helene and
Currently, our school is made up of 122
students. We have an excellent, committed staff of 8 teachers and 6 support
staff. We are located in South Huron County and are one of 16 elementary
schools in the Huron-Perth Catholic
District School Board.
Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make in
your child's life. It is the place your child will spend most of his or her
day, learning important skills, interacting with other children, and growing in
so many ways.
We, at the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board believe that we offer
exemplary Catholic education that emphasizes strong academics, gospel
values and the growth of the whole person. Catholic education fosters the search
for knowledge, as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest.
We invite you to take a closer look at our Catholic schools by clicking on
"Our Story in Video" under the Check this Out! link on our
board webpage www.huronperthcatholic.ca
Here you will view a very exciting video that captures the essence of the
inspiration and celebration at the heart of our school system. Our
Catholic schools are schools with a difference!
Our mission and vision is to answer the gospel call by reaching
out to those in our communities and beyond, not only as a
community service, but also for those serving, as a necessary expression of
their Christian faith.
The expectations of our graduates are described not only in terms of
knowledge and skills, but in terms of values, attitudes and actions
Look for information about our Catholic schools at local community centres,
libraries and of course in all of our elementary and secondary